New York, NY (PRWEB) October 31, 2017
In September 2015, 193 countries signed up to support the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals for our planet and the people that live on it. “The promise to leave no one behind is the most difficult commitment of this new social contract,” says Thomas Gass. “It requires that we all seek to understand who the most vulnerable people are and what risks they face, and then systematically empower these people and build their resilience.”
Thomas Gass was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA and he took office on 3 September 2013. Gass believes the SDG’s are a “shared vision of humanity” and not just a “development strategy for big international organizations to fix the problems in the South.” Leaders need to understand that “sustainability has been redefined,” and that “no group must be left behind.” He adds that when “poverty or pollution or climate change happen in another country far away, that does not mean that we are not part of the cause of these problems and their necessary solution.”
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